Explore the Future of the Web


Keynote Speakers

Tim Bray

Tim Bray has founded two companies, helped raise five rounds of venture capital, edited the official specifications of both XML and JSON, written over a million words on his blog, and worries a lot about the Web’s future.

Maria Giudice

Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. It’s an approach that helped Hot Studio grow into a full-service creative agency and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses. Recently, Maria joined Facebook as its Director of Product Design.

Brian David Johnson

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.

Tomer Sharon

Tomer Sharon is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search in New York City and author of the upcoming book, "Lean UX Research for Entrepreneurs".

Featured Speakers


D. Denenge Akpem

D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator.  She teaches Black Arts Movement, Black World Ritual Performance, Arts of Africa, and Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation at Columbia College Chicago. For the last fifteen years, her work has bridged the disciplines of interior design, site-specific sculpture, public art practice, and science fiction.

Paul Backett

Paul spent his childhood obsessed with making things and complaining about how nothing worked the way it should. Not much has changed since then. He is now a creative leader who partners with companies to solve complex problems through design. Prior to this he worked as Director of Industrial Design at Ziba Design and as a Senior Designer at Seymourpowell in London.

Crystal Beasley

Crystal is a product designer who brings a decade of experience in the user-centered design craft. Tiny, but terrifically loud, she helps teams create products that people love. Unwilling to make assumptions about process or product, Crystal tests her own and other’s theories through practical experimentation. This led her to create such unlikely products as a pie food cart and a robot that scans the Internet for color trends.

Allison Beckwith

Allison is a maker and a coach. She makes websites for fun and pdf forms to sell on Etsy. More importantly, though, she coaches fellow geeks who are feeling stressed and stuck. No one should suffer from burnout and Allison wants to make sure you have the right strategies in place. Formerly a UX designer and partner at a local web design and development firm, Allison now spends most of her time helping others learn to love life as much as she does.

Michael Boeke

Michael Boeke is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and produces software at online payments company Braintree. He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (read: boring) industries.

Emanuel Brown

Emanuel is the Director of Design Strategy at Citizen where he leads a hybrid practice that brings together strategic analysis and experience design to help Citizen clients achieve more meaningful outcomes with their products and services. Emanuel is also leading Metadata, a research program that utilizes Citizen’s Connected Thinking model as a means to surface analysis and insight within emerging market segments, industrial transformations and technology shifts.

Chris Butler

Chris spent the majority of his early career looking into peoples cupboards trying to figure out why they behave the way they do. These days he is an expert in translating insight into actionable strategy connecting people with products, services and brands. His experience covers a range of global insight, strategy and trend programs and has covered multiple product categories.

Neal Cabage

Neal is a digital product architect and founder of ProductCamp.LA and PMA.LA. He built and sold two startups and is the author of the book, The Smarter Startup.

J Cornelius

J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features that web designers and developers take for granted today. He is the President of Nine Labs, an experience and strategy consultancy where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. 

Erica Decker

Erica Decker has designed engaging, usable, cross-device experiences for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and upcoming companies alike, and believes that fast-paced, iterative, holistic design is the best way to drive product innovation

Dustin DiTommaso

Dustin DiTommaso is a designer and researcher focused on using design to influence and transform people’s attitudes, behavior and motivation. As Vice President of Experience Design at Mad*Pow, Dustin designs products and directs programs that incorporate behavior change and gameful design for clients ranging from innovative start-ups to Fortune 500’s. 

Jenn Downs

For the past 6 years, Jenn Downs swung her way through the jungle at MailChimp from support to tech writing to UX Design Research. In January of 2014 she was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and left MailChimp to start a family business. 

Ronnie Duke

Ronnie Duke is a product development engineer at Blue River Interactive Group. Prior to joining Blue River, Ronnie owned a design and web development company, Mod Media, which was recently acquired by Blue River in March of 2014.

Marcus Estes

Marcus Estes has produced open source software for the nonprofit sector, worked with fashion and entertainment icons Stella McCartney and Kanye West (don’t ask), and has no idea how to gracefully complete this sentence.

Nick Finck

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile

Ben Fogarty

Heavily influenced by DIY and skateboard culture, Ben spent his early years churning out posters and album covers for punk rock and indy bands. Early in college he founded Temporary Residence Records. Since then, Ben has spent the last 12 years working with various marketing and advertising agencies on digital campaigns, website designs, video spots and application design.

Christian Freissler

Christian’s upbringing in the world of impeccable German design shaped his love for Porsche and his obsession with perfect detail. He holds numerous patents and has created a range of award winning designs throughout his career. Besides Evolve, Christian has a passion for giving his knowledge back to the next generation of creatives as a Professor for Industrial Design at San Jose State University.

Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor is co-founder of independent video game studio The Fullbright Company and was writer and designer of the Company's first game, Gone Home. 

Laura Hammond

Laura Hammond is a UX researcher with a background in information science, focusing on information seeking behavior. Laura's interest in information retrieval makes her insights from usability testing particularly useful, as she has a keen eye for gathering nuances on approach and user goals.

Adam Harrell

As president and founder of Nebo, Adam helps oversee brand strategy, user experience and creative direction for the 50 person independent agency. His passion is helping clients craft interactive experiences that connect with their customers and believes that a good user interface shouldn't require instructions.

John Hartman

John is a transmedia producer at I Have Robots who has been building cross platform media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. He has a passion for developing not only next generation media solutions, but evolving the capacity of story telling utilizing technology as well as human psychology to enrich the media experience.

Samuel Hulick

Samuel is a UX consultant with a deep focus on user onboarding. He's the person behind UserOnboard.com, a website that provides annotated teardowns of popular web apps' first-run experiences. He loves improving onboarding success rates for SaaS products just as much as he loves to talk shop on Twitter at @SamuelHulick.

Dennis Kardys

Dennis is the Design Director at WSOL. His focus is on helping clients realize the importance of user-centered design, and developing elegant and intuitive websites.

Gabe Kean

For 18 yrs, Gabe has been designing interactive exhibits and interfaces, and leading teams to create innovative experiences. In 2003 he founded Belle & Wissell in Seattle–a studio that crafts memorable, participatory experiences by blending inventive design and technology.

Phillip Kerman

Phillip is a veteran software programmer specializing in multi-user and single-page apps for devices and desktop. His long tired career goes all the way back to the beginning of the CDROM era, through the Internet, and now onto mobile. Along the way, he’s had to adapt to countless new technologies.

Jim Kidwell

As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts in creative workflows. Focusing on how effective font and digital asset management can affect all levels of an organization - from the legal, creative and branding standpoints - Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design and more.

Robert Lacosse

Robert was a game designer before he was anything else.  Over the years he has also cultivated a love for storytelling, research, and, of late, all things design. Currently, he works as part of the User Experience Product Design Team within Intel’s Sales and Marketing IT Department. An involved member of the Portland design community, Robert serves as Vice Chair of Game Lab Oregon, Chair of StumpQuest Games Fest, and collaborator with Design Week Portland.

Matt Lavoie

Matt Lavoie started his career in art by drawing on the walls of his mom’s dance studio at age 2. He is crazy about finding elegant solutions in a world of complex constraints, talking with users to determine root problems, and getting everyone involved in creating amazing experiences.

Jason Lengstorf

Jason Lengstorf is the founder of Copter Labs, where he builds marketing sites for companies like Intel, PlayStation, and Precision Nutrition. His interests cover the full stack: from marketing to design to development. Outside of Copter Labs, Jason is a speaker, author, consultant, and a mediocre bartender.

Mel Lim

Intent on actively shaping a better world, Mel Lim is committed to understanding the processes of designing brands, and the ways they impact businesses and customers, both socially and environmentally.
 With over 15 years of international experience in project management, user experience design, and brand development, Mel established her own studio – MLD – in 2003.

Abby Margolis

Abby is Director of Research at Claro Partners, a Barcelona-based firm focused on helping clients navigate disruptive shifts in business and society. She leads the company's research explorations into disruptive opportunity spaces such as the personal data economy, the internet of things, the rise of micro-business, and new value exchange networks.

PJ McCormick

PJ makes applications, software, and products that are easy to use, effective, and powerful, and that produce meaningful results for users (which always leads to meaningful results for businesses). He's a UX Design Lead at Amazon, where he leads a nimble and powerful team of ultra-talented UX designers and web developers.

K. Mike Merrill

Mike Merrill is the world’s first publicly traded individual. He was featured in the 25th anniversary edition of Wired, The Atlantic Monthly, and on the Today Show. You can buy shares in him by visiting the website where he’s actively traded: http://kmikeym.com/

Josh Northcott

Josh Northcott is the Manager of Web Operations at Esri in Redlands, California. He also works as a consultant to help startups and local businesses establish a strong web presence in their industry.

Thomas Phinney

Thomas is product manager and font library curator for the WebINK web font solution from Extensis, in Portland. He is a typographer and type designer whose typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original. He regularly teaches type design with the global Crafting Type workshops, and has been a repeat guest lecturer for the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading, England.

Dorelle Rabinowitz

Dorelle is currently the design strategist for Intuit’s Harmony Design Language, she is committed to crafting compelling and delightful user experiences.

Daniel Sauble

Daniel Sauble is a UX Designer at Puppet Labs. He designs interfaces, sketches on copious swaths of whiteboard, and curates the UX team’s pattern library.

Brandon Schmittling

Brandon is a Senior Interaction Designer at Huge in Brooklyn, NY and is responsible for leading projects in the user experience department at their Brooklyn office. He currently oversees a replatforming project for Google's DoubleClick work and frequently contributes to new business pitch efforts.

Tyler Sticka

Tyler designs mobile and responsive websites as part of Cloud Four, and touchscreen games as co-founder of Backabit. His iOS game "Ramps" was featured as an iPhone Game of the Week, breaking the US App Store Top 10 at its peak.

Denise Su

Denise Su is a UX researcher with a background in psychology, culture, and innovation. She has a knack for turning subtle and unspoken patterns in human behavior into meaningful and actionable insights. Her expertise includes the gathering and analysis of qualitative data through ethnographies, usability testing, deep interviews, focus groups, and customer experience journey mapping. 

Chris Sutton

Chris is an independent product manager and business strategist at Databox. He specializes in product optimization using a blend of customer analytics and customer psychology.

Dalila Szostak

Dalila Szostak designs future experiences in transportation, wearables and the intersections between the two. Her work involves uncovering that which we need, want and love and incorporating those as requirements into the design cycle. Dali specializes in international research and has conducted workshops and published her work in a wide range of academic and industrial gatherings globally. 

Ken Tabor

Ken Tabor is a veteran product engineer with years of experience developing consumer-driven products on cutting-edge technologies. A frequent speaker at conferences, and a dedicated blogger, he constantly shares his passion for using open source technology.

Brad Weaver

Brad Weaver is a UX Designer/Front-end Developer and the founder of Suckerpunch Studios. He designs, he codes, he writes, he UXs, he slices and dices, and lives in Atlanta, y'all.

Mark Wyner

Mark Wyner is many things. Most notably a designer, developer, father, husband, friend, foe, soccer addict, and scorpion catcher. He is a co-founder of the Portland, Oregon agency Bunker, where they partner with clients to design and build great things.

Mara Zepeda

Mara is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. On Switchboard people ask for what they need and offer what they have to give within a community they trust. She started Switchboard because she forgot the password to the alumni database at her alma mater, and this effectively shut her out of that network. She thought this was crazy.


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